Your own research (in a networked era)?

Hope you have been enjoying the unusual week in Bergen. ¬†ūüėȬ†In the spirit of the #Bergen2017 meme heard round world, I am posting this viral classic to mark our passage of time this week. ¬†I am sure you have seen this more than enough times already…

I have been catching the different races sort of by happenstance all week, as I move through the city to get from point A to point B.  I am impressed by the enthusiastic (and orderly) fans, and their general equanimity in encouraging the racers from every nation.  This has definitely been a week to remember in terms of Norwegian hospitality (and no-nosense security ;).

So, …I am truly inspired having recently read this last batch of blogs. ¬†I think they are chuck full of great ideas which I hope to pick up on in dynamic conversation next Thursday. ¬†I am looking forward to imagining what kind of final project we can pull together that would showcase your individual research work. ¬†I certainly hope that whatever you design for research development and writing in #ResNetSem will become a formative step in your thesis work overall.

For next Thursday, please read selections¬†Participatory Culture in a Networked Era by Jenkins, Ito, & boyd: ¬†Chapters 4 & 5. ¬†Please also blog your reflection regarding that reading before class on 28/9/17. ¬†Next week’s class will be a key moment in attempting to weave a sense of your own individual interests into our overall discussion of networked culture. ¬†We will work with the tool “Feedly” and think about building out a Lit Review for each of your individualized topics as you further narrow them down and devise a plan for research within the context of this #ResNetSem seminar. ¬†In addition, I hope we can revisit the latter half of the Course Calendar and start to plan for each of your own individual presentations/contributions to the seminar (more on this when we are together Thursday).

**Remember that the week after next (5/10/7), we will have an opportunity to speak with Henry Jenkins and Mimi Ito, our own Alan Levine (#ResNetSem co-director), and some of the Kean University #ResNetSem grad students.  The conversation will take place from California live at the Digital Media and Learning conference held at the
University of California in Irvine. This means that for us, it will be a late-night screen hangout (for those of us who choose to participate).  I am hoping that I can get at least three of you to join in.  Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday!


#ResNetSem during #Bergen2017 UCI Bike Week

Hello everyone,

Great conversation on Thursday afternoon! ¬†I am really enjoying our Thursday afternoon time together, and I am glad we have established a foundation for thinking about “architectures of participation” online via the Rheingold readings and our shared perspective of on life online these days. ¬†We have basically been discussing the ways in which one might participate in online networks and communities.

We have been able to consider together networked issues such as:  -peer-based learning forums; -the role of lurker; -role-playing & gaming for establishing dialogue around difficult topics like civic concerns and ethics; consumption vs. production in online spaces; playbor vs. data mining concerns;  -civility and generosity; -how we can think about building online cultures of reciprocity; the value of crowdsourced knowledge production; social capital in the formation of professional learning networks, etc.   Some of you have some really great ideas for forums that would benefit your own self-driven interests.  And we also covered the ways in which we can effectively cultivate a particular form of learning community during our #ResNetSem seminar time together.  It is interesting to take a glimpse of the networked visualization of #ResNetSem thus far, and think about the growth potential for more complex forms of connection as our time together continues to unfold.

Thank you for your thoughtful contributions on your individual blogs. ¬†I want to encourage you to tweet your weekly blogs with our hashtag if so inclined, especially if you feel like generating further conversation about what you chose to write about in any particular week. ¬†In addition, I want to encourage you all to share interesting readings and outside material that you think would expand the scope of our #ResNetSem conversation. ¬†Remember the power of our purposeful backchannel. ¬†For example, in our relatively brief F2Fseminar time together, we weren’t able to dive deeper into the important issue of data mining yet. ¬†But this discussion (“data is the oil of the 21st century”) is a certainly a topic that we can continue in our #ResNetSem backchannel with tweets and Slack posts.

So…this coming week is the infamous UCI World Championship bike racing week. ¬†The rumors have abounded regarding the number of international visitors to our lovely city of Bergen. ¬†It will certainly effect our public transportation, so as per collegial advice, there will be no meeting next Thursday (21/9/17). ¬†That said, I do want you to blog for that Thursday, and also to keep our backchannel on twitter and/or Slack lively.

For Thursday September 21st:

-Please see these instructions about your blog post for this week.  I will be reading your blog posts, synthesizing, and responding to them in my next blog post on this site.  I will post next week to signal to you to what is next in terms of reading for 28/9/17.  I will also be posting the next reading sometime this coming week, and will be emailing you about that so you know where to find the reading for 28/9/17.

-If you have a thoughtful follow up question for @hrheingold, please tweet with #ResNetSem. ¬†He has been gracious enough to be “on the lookout” for our possible ?s.

Enjoy this unusual week!  Looking forward to reading about your ideas and forthcoming work.


Dr. Zamora

Gaining momentum…

So we are now officially gaining momentum as a seminar.  We have met for the second time, we have set up some of our major networking tools/platforms together, we have introduced ourselves to our Kean University colleagues in NJ, and we have heard from them as well (i.e. check our SLACK channel under #general).  Overall, we have just started to pursue a continuous conversation about digital networks and how to thrive online.  When we meet again I am looking forward to digging deeper into an analysis of Net Smart by Howard Rheingold, while we consider the significance of participatory culture and collective intelligence, etc.

While we were covering twitter last week together, we discovered more about how this tool can work (with a fair share of banter and giddiness).   In the midst, we covered the basics about how to quote a tweet, and how to use hashtags in purposeful ways to grow a community in conversation.  The pitfalls of twitter are somewhat common knowledge Рit can be used in sophomoric ways as a soapbox or a megaphone (with amplification deemed the main motivation or value).  But with a bit more nuance and understanding, we can redeploy the very same tool thoughtfully and with purpose.   We can grow a connected learning environment and open up a vital conversation about digital citizenship and the networked effect.  I look forward to doing just that with all of you this semester.

For next class, please continue to read Net Smart (chapters 3, 4, and 5 – these files were sent to you directly last Friday). ¬†Please submit your next blog on that reading before we meet on Thursday. ¬†Each of your blogs is now in the course site feed (with one exception), so I will look to read your work from this site under our “student blogs” tab. ¬†Your blogs last week were definitely insightful, and I really look forward to reading your reflections on the next few chapters of the book.

When you blog/reflect on the power of networks, please keep in mind your own research agenda, and the ways in which participatory networks might play a role in how you will proceed – as a researcher, as and artist, and/or as an intellectual in the field of digital culture.

See you in a few days ūüėČ

Dr. Zamora

Great to meet you. Warming up with “Net Smart”….

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It was a pleasure to connect with all of you yesterday and have the opportunity to hear a bit about each of you.  I am confident that together we are a diverse group of smart thinkers/designers/writers/makers, and that collectively we have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with each other.

A review of what we did together:

-We introduced ourselves. (Thanks for playing along. I know some random things about each of you now.  I hope to discover more as we spend more time together.)

-We talked/walked through the course website and syllabus.

To do for our next seminar meeting on Thursday:

-Please email me your class blog URL & your class twitter account.  There is already is some activity in our backchannel which is great to see.  You should be ready tweet regularly with our class hashtag #ResNetSem .

Please read Howard Rheingold’s Net Smart: How to Thrive OnlineIntroduction & Chapters 1 & 2,¬†pages 1-96)

Your first blog post is due before class on Rheingold’s Intro & Chapter 1 &2 from¬†Net Smart. Remember, your blog posts should be a thoughtful consideration of the week‚Äôs reading as you keep in mind the context of the conversations we are having in class. Your purpose in these responses is to consider the author‚Äôs project: give an overall (brief) summary, talk about the key phrases/terms in the text, and reflect on how the reading helps you to make sense of your own undertanding of both the aesthetics and politics of networks. ¬†–What are the main ideas of Net Smart? ¬†–Do you agree/disagree with Howard Rheingold’s claims? -You are welcome to connect the author‚Äôs ideas to your own experiences as a digital citizen. ¬†Do you have any key questions that emerge from reading this material? ¬†I encourage you to include links to websites/videos/resources that help to further enhance the readings and our discussions. ¬†The tone of your blog post can be informal, anecdotal, and you are welcome to play with stylistic conventions.

I am looking forward to our class next week already.  On the agenda for next Thursday:

We will discuss the notion of of digital citzenship, and consider networked learning and networked practices together.  We will also go over some of the tools we will be using together (i.e. Slack, Feedly, Twitter, etc.).  We will make an introduction video together for our colleagues in our Slack channel.  We will start to identify some of our shared learning outcomes/goals for our seminar.  We will start to fill out our schedule (pertaining to after our October Break).  We will further discuss and co-curate our Reading Roster.

See you in a week.

God helg,

Dr. Zamora



Welcome to “Networked Transformations”

I have been looking forward to meeting each of you and getting this course underway for sometime.  This course, entitled Networked Transformations (#ResNetSem), is a direct extension of my own Fulbright sponsored research this year into the transformative power of digital networks.  Some questions we will consider together:

How have networks transformed our ability to tell, share, and participate in stories in the digital age? How has participatory culture recast the traditional terms of cultural contribution, writing, and even what it means to author something?  

This seminar will look closely at networked forms of digital writing and art, political activities, and identities emerging from the practice of participatory culture. We will consider the economies of reciprocity, the ethics of generosity, and the poetics of connectivity.  We will also think about self-organized counterculture and the creation of new types of agency while we investigate digital activism and an aesthetic politics of disruption and intervention.   

This course will be an¬†open¬†(online),¬†connected¬†(networked),¬†co-learning¬†(participatory)¬†experience. ¬†One factor that often leads to boredom and lack of energy in the traditional classroom is the way that learning is perceived as a passive activity‚ÄĒa thing that happens¬†to¬†students. What you learn and how you¬†learn it is decided by someone else, without considering what you care about, what you know already, or what you want to learn. ¬†Part of the idea of an¬†open¬†class comes from giving you the opportunity to influence the course.

As we build a foundation for Networked Transformations, I want to place value in the interests and ambitions that each of you bring to this course.  The seminar will include a chance to work on research projects while writing/thinking in/about an open networked learning environment.  In this course, you will be closely connected to a group of my graduate students/researchers at Kean University in NJ (where I am the Director of the MA in Writing Studies program).  With the clear purpose of thinking more deeply about the affordances and constraints of digital networks, we will build a professional learning network by collaborating with my colleague Professor Alan Levine (@cogdog) who will be directing the Kean University graduate students with their research work this semester.  Together we will share ideas, explore forums, discover new platforms, and grow our professional learning networks.  Our cross-institutional learning community (#ResNetSem or research network seminar) will reach beyond the literal four walls of the physical classroom as we design/build/blend our own digital network(s) together. Through discussion and negotiation we will identify shared purpose and a mutually beneficial learning agenda, we will compose many collaborative documents, and we will embrace peer-to-peer cooperation and learning.  I know that through our collaboration we will lay foundations of knowledge which will no doubt influence your future practice.

Some questions for you to start with:

What do you want to learn during our time together?  What do you want to make during our time together?  Please remember to bring some initial answers to these key questions, because ultimately, I hope you will feel inspired to answer them both imaginatively and creatively through our collaboration.

See you on August 31st for our first class together.  Looking forward to it,

Dr. Zamora


Dr. Mia Zamora’s DIKULT 303 "Digital Aesthetics" Seminar at University of Bergen, Fall 2017